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No quiet believer

Entertainment | Filmmaker Tyler Perry takes Hollywood with loud themes of redemption
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/05/08, 12:00 am

Last fall, in a showdown that could have been scripted in a studio writing room, a small-budget, little-advertised film with no major stars to speak of took down two Hollywood heavyweights.

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Long road back

Entertainment | After years of false starts, Christian vocalist Michael English is back with a message of redemption
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 3/08/08, 12:00 am

On the small stage at Foothills United Methodist in La Mesa, Calif., Michael English croons through a bluesy take on the hymnal standard "Blessed Assurance," the audience swaying and clapping like honky-tonk patrons on Route 66.

"Not everybody appreciates me fiddling with the hymns," English says, pausing to tell a story in his Carolina drawl. Once, after he sang the same guitar-twanged rendition of Fanny Crosby's 19th-century classic at a North Carolina concert, an elderly lady marched up to English and got right in his face.

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Buying time

Hollywood | A writers' strike and fears about 2009's movie season do not prompt studios to open up their wallets at Sundance
by Meghan Keane
Posted 2/09/08, 12:00 am

PARK CITY, Utah- Geoffrey Gilmore, the director of the Sundance Film Festival, says that he considers 15 to 20 film sales to be a success for his festival. This year, only 10 films were sold by the end of the festival's 10 days, a surprise to many who thought that the continuing writers' strike would be a boon for completed independent films.

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